Archives for Home Buying Tips

Q: What Negotiation Tips Will Help You Win?

 Here’s how to strengthen your negotiation position in today’s market. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report Here are seven great tips that can help you win out in negotiations as a buyer in a hot seller’s market: 1. Don’t nickel-and-dime the seller. Remove the items you can pay for, like the home warranty or boundary coverage on a survey.  2. Purchase the HOA documents. You can also purchase these to further ease the financial burden of the seller. 3. Bump up your earnest money. Typically it’s
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Q: Why Is the Seller’s Disclosure Notice So Important?

 Here’s what you need to know about the seller’s disclosure form. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report The seller’s disclosure notice is a very important real estate document, for sellers and buyers.  If you’re a seller, it’s important to take your time and fill this document out correctly. I abide by the philosophy that it’s better to over-disclose than under-disclose. If you have a question about whether or not you should disclose something, you’re better off disclosing it. Most buyers prefer that you tell them about
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Q: Is Now the Best Time to Refinance?

 Is right now the best time for you to refinance? Let’s discuss that. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report When it comes to refinancing, too many people get caught up in the numbers. Many people who currently have a rate of 3.5% see that interest rates have dropped to 2.7% and think that they need to refinance even though they haven’t considered what will happen in the long term. A good rule of thumb is that refinancing doesn’t make sense unless it’s at least a two-point
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5 Tips for Purchasing New Construction

 Today I’ll share five tips to help you purchase a new construction home. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report Here are five tips to keep in mind when you’re buying a new construction property: 1. Have representation. The representative in a new-build home is there to represent the builder, not you. Their goal is to get the builder the best deal, and that’s why you need your own agent to help you negotiate the best deal. 2. Know the incentives. See if you can look up
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Q: What Upgrades Should I Avoid?

 These are the three upgrades not to make on a temporary home. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report If you’re buying a home but plan to move in just a few years, there are three upgrades you shouldn’t make to your new house. You should instead focus on purchasing a property that already has these if they’re desirable to you. 1. Solar panels. If you’re moving in three to four years, don’t add these to your home. You won’t recoup the investment. Some appraisers give a
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The Importance of Home Inspections

 Here’s why everyone involved in a real estate transaction should prioritize home inspections. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report You should have an inspection done on a house you’re buying, a house you’re selling, and even a brand-new home. The importance of this simple procedure cannot be overstated. An inspector thoroughly looks at the entire property, assessing the electrical, plumbing, and overall structure of a home. It’s important to have that generalist lay their eyes on things. When there are concerns about a house, especially when
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Buying a New House Before Selling Your Current One

 How do you buy a home before you sell your current house? Here’s one good idea. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report How can you buy a home before selling your current house? If you’re blessed, you won’t have to sell before you buy, and you’ll qualify for both mortgages. Many out there are blessed this way, but there are many more who are not—so what can they do? If you’re in a position where you must buy before you sell, try opening a home equity
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Should You Buy or Rent a Home?

 Should you buy or rent a home? Here are my professional views on the subject. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report Right now, is it better to rent a home or to buy one outright? To answer that question, you first need to ask yourself these questions: 1. How long do you plan on living in your home? 2. Do you have enough money for a down payment? 3. In what part of town do you want to live? The answers to these questions are all
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